We are delighted to announce that we are finalists in the “Leisure or Tourism Over €10M” category at this years Irish Construction Excellence Awards for the distinguished Wren Urban Nest Hotel Development.

The Wren Hotel makes the most of its tight urban site offering 137 compact and luxurious bedrooms in the heart of Dublin. The small format hotel nestles sensitively into its context at Andrew’s Lane. A series of brick arches on the ground and first floor allows light to flood the public spaces while creating a sense of lightness to the volume. Approached under a cantilever arch, the entrance provides a welcoming step down across tiered seating acknowledging the sites theatrical past, while offering an open street corner to both pedestrians and traffic.

A restrained material approach draws reference to the rich character of Dublin’s streets, with the ground brick stretching up the façade across eight levels of boutique guestrooms. Across the westerly elevation, each room finishes with a sense of openness offered by expansive articulated glazing. The internal pallet of character and craft, guiding the guest through corridors articulated to reflect the exterior form.

This interdisciplinary project is designed to be one of the first hotels in the capital to fulfil with the near zero energy building standards. It hosts air source heat pumps that will provide heating and cooling to all of the building.

Category: Leisure or Tourism (Over €10m)
Project: Wren Urban Nest – Hotel Development
Company: Duggan Brothers (Contractors) Ltd
Contractor: Duggan Brothers (Contractors) Ltd
Lead Architect: BDP

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